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Everything you need to know about REFCOM Elite
You can apply in the following ways:
You can find out more on our 'How to Apply' page.
Applying for REFCOM Elite membership is an easy step by step process. Visit our 'How to Apply' page for more information.
Companies need to provide:
|Size Of Business||BESA Members||New Application|
|Micro (sole trader)||Free||£330|
|Small (2-9 engineers)||£385|
|Medium (10-49 engineers)||£495|
|Large (50+ engineers)||£605|
|Size Of Business||BESA Members||Renewal Application|
|Micro (sole trader)||Free||£275|
|Small (2-9 engineers)||£330|
|Medium (10-49 engineers)||£440|
|Large (50+ engineers)||£550|
All fees shown are subject to VAT at current rate.
Businesses are re-inspected every three years to make sure they continue to meet the scheme standards. REFCOM also monitors the performance of businesses by recording details of any complaints received.
The purpose of the audit regime is to:
For members of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), inspection will form part of the BESA Competency Assessment Scheme.
See your REFCOM Elite scheme handbook for full details.
No, membership of REFCOM Elite is entirely voluntary.
Yes, as long as the business meets membership criteria of REFCOM Elite and can prove it has valid F-Gas Certification with an approved Certification Body.
On notification of a successful application, REFCOM will provide:
Every 12 months.
REFCOM Elite membership demands higher standards than those set out in the F-Gas Regulations and sets businesses apart from their competitors.
Registration with the REFCOM Elite voluntary scheme proves to owners/operators that, following independent third party inspection, refrigeration or air conditioning companies:
No, to enable your business to comply with the F-Gas Regulations a separate application for REFCOM F-Gas Certification must be made. Find out more about how to apply here.
Ensure sufficient numbers of certified employees/subcontractors engaged to carry out refrigerant management
Ensure suitable tools and procedures are in place to carry out refrigerant management (sub-contractors via their own registrations)
Ensure company possesses waste carrying licence (upper tier).
|Ensure company has refrigerant movement audit in place with transfer notes.|
|Ensure company uses properly calibrated tools.|
|Ensure company maintains correct records to meet user legal obligations of site based refrigerant log book.|
|Ensure company meets ozone depletion regulations standards.|
|Ensure company operates to approved industry Codes of Practice and good working practice.|
|Ensure company operates health and safety policy and meets CDM requirements.|
|External QA audit every 3 years to ensure obligations maintained for Parts 1, 2 and 3.|
|All operatives registered with ACRIB SKILLcard on the Refrigerant Management Register or possess a blue/gold RAC occupational related Engineering Services SKILLcard.|
REFCOM Elite membership ensures that businesses meet the best practices in refrigerant management and that clients can be sure that a REFCOM Elite member is delivering work to high professional standards. This means that member’s operatives are suitably trained and competent to carry out their work in accordance with Company procedures.
This is achieved by holding an ACRIB SKILLcard which provides evidence of identification, skills, competence and qualifications, in addition to improving health and safety standards as each operative must first pass a Health Safety and Environment test before being issued with an ACRIB SKILLcard.
You can find out more about applying for an ACRIB SKILLcard on the SKILLcard website.
Elite Suppliers have signed up to, and been audited against, a voluntary code of conduct that levels the playing field in the supply chain, ensuring that suppliers only sell to those who are legally entitled to purchase refrigerants and pre-charged systems.
By confirming their sales processes in an audit to REFCOM, the supplier is demonstrating to the enforcing bodies that they take their responsibilities seriously and have systems in place to ensure the spirit of the regulations are met.